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A lineage of artists has emerged in Chicago over the last decade. Spurred by spoken word and propelled by organic musical stylings native to their hometown, we’ve seen new acts step out, each seemingly more prepared than the last. By this point in the game, a proper rollout is part of the base price and in a city known for rewarding hard work, putting in the time the right way often yields positive results. Perhaps no other local artist on the rise took these cues better this summer than Young Chicago Authors alumni and teaching artist Matt Muse, who raised eyebrows around the city and beyond with his wide-ranging and honest Peace, Love & Nappyness.

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